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Words from Middle School

James Tucker
Middle School Principal

Exciting changes for 2019/20


I am pleased to announce, or perhaps reannounce, that we will be introducing an innovative steam and computational thinking course next year. STEAM is a multidisciplinary approach to teaching science, technology, engineering, art and maths that integrates these distinct disciplines into a project based approach that aims to apply this learning to solving real-life problems. This course will last for one semester. The next course will be called computational thinking and will also be obligatory for all students. This course will be based largely on coding although we are looking to keep it sufficiently general to be able to apply to a range of different programming languages. Additionally, we will be ensuring that all students need to take an art elective - choosing from either Visual Arts, Drama, Band, or Choir. We also continue to have an extended period of advisory on a Wednesday which will be used for service learning and project such as the sustainability fair that is happening in the last week of school.

As with any change, this requires difficult decisions to be taken and prioritisation. One of the implications of this is that Model United Nations will need to be moved to become an after-school activity and I hope to increase the status and importance it has in the school, not reduce it. We are planning another international conference for 2019/20 and I want to open up the application to 6th graders to be able to participate, something that is not possible in the current format.

No Celebration of Learning this Year


As many of you will know, last year the decision was taken replace the awards ceremony with an inclusive celebration of learning. This year, we took the decision to place the celebration on hold and instead have a sustainability carnival. We are looking forward to celebrating sustainability at the end of the year for all students!

Civil War Simulation


8th graders finished up their simulation of the Civil War where each was a real life soldier. They simulated reveille, wrote Civil War journals as their soldier to experience the realities of the war

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Poetry Unit


7th Graders Finished up their Poetry Unit . 7th grade students looked through the poems they had written through the year and create a display.


Important Dates

  • Thursday 23rd, 5th to 6th Transition Day
  • Saturday 25th and 26th of May, CDS MUN Conference
  • Tuesday 28th, 7th Grade Coral reef trip to Parque Marino
  • May 30 -  After-School activities end
  • May 30th, Wizard of Oz performance, 7pm
  • June 4th, 2pm CDS Wind Orchestra concert with HS
  • June 4th, Choir and Orchestra Concert,
  • June 10th - SunstainaVAL, MS Sustainability Carnival
  • June 11th 2pm MS Band Final Concert
  • June  12 - 8th Grade moving up ceremony
  • June 13 - ½ day dismissal for all students - last day of school! (Thursday)

Feel free to contact me for any additional information.

James Tucker